A ‘new’ Roman Temporary Camp in Parâng Mountains

Cercetări Arheologice 25, 2018, 77-90
https://doi.org/10.46535/ca.25.04



A 'new' Roman Temporary Camp in Parâng Mountains


Authors: Eugen S. Teodor, Aurora Petan, Alexandru Hegyi

Keywords: Roman temporary encampment; vexillation camp; Dacian wars; Parâng Mountains; high slopes

Abstract:

A new Roman camp was documented – mainly for its topographical features – far away from any known camp from Şureanu Mountains. It has a typical size of the encampments from around Sarmizegetusa Regia, 5 hectares, as no one reaches a full-size legionary camp. Having tituli and being made of two parts separated by a palisade, it finds also analogies in the region (as Comărnicel 1). What is really outstanding at the encampment from Cracul Găurilor is the steep slope on which it is standing with more than half of its surface. Its location raises the problem of new routes driving to the Dacian capital. One of them could have its departure point at the lower end of the Jiu Gorges, at the Vârtop fort. Another – less plausible but still possible – would start on the Middle Olt River, at Buridava.

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How to cite: Eugen S. Teodor, Aurora Petan, Alexandru Hegyi, A 'new' Roman Temporary Camp in Parâng Mountains, Cercetări Arheologice, Vol. 25, pag. 77-90, 2018, doi: https://doi.org/10.46535/ca.25.04


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